Audio storytelling is an art form that when mastered is one of the most effective methods of communicating to a mass audience. In the evolving world of multimedia presentations, the principles of storytelling through compelling characters and natural sound have remained unchanged - from human-interest stories and profiles to audio postcards and podcasts. It’s a craft mastered by journalists and communicators in public radio for decades. Content generators must consider audio production as part of their communication arsenal, as it may – at times – be a fairly inexpensive method of delivering messages to groups of people.
In this course, journalists and communication specialists will learn the fundamental principles of how to put together audio pieces that tells an interesting story by using a strong narrative and recorded sounds. Students will develop interviewing skills, field recording techniques and the use of multi-track audio production software. They will learn the different stages of putting together sound-rich audio stories and how to publish their work on multimedia outlets.
Note: JO Students must have the prerequisites of MPJO 501 Reporting and News Writing and MPJO 508 Photo and video storytelling to enroll. This course is cross-listed with MPPR 723.
This course examines the processes for gathering, interpreting, and presenting compelling digital data. Students will learn to use digital public opinion polling, specialized reports, social media platforms, digital analysis tools, and news aggregators to explain market research, audience trends, and social conversations. Students will also create data visualization tools to streamline data presentation into succinct, engaging formats.
Note: This course is cross-listed with MPPR-506 and MPMC-806. This course is housed in the Integrated Marketing and Communications program. Students must have completed MPJO-501 Reporting and News Writing, MPJO 500 Ethics, MPJO 508 Photo and Video Storytelling, and MPJO 505 Digital Essentials to take this course.
This course examines the essential digital skills needed in the field of journalism today. We will study the current media landscape to help students understand how digital skills and sensibilities are integrated with reporting, content creation, information dissemination and audience building efforts at news organizations of all sizes. The course involves a survey of key issues affecting the day-to-day work of modern journalists, as well as an examination of emerging technologies, platforms and ideas. Case studies, readings, media surveillance and guest lectures will help students learn the core skills needed to broaden their career opportunities; to add to their fundamental reporting background; and to think entrepreneurially about how to shape journalism. The final project will consist of a semester-long, team-created digital project that implements the full range of skills covered in the course. Students will: • learn practical, effective and applicable digital skills • create and distribute original content • investigate how individuals build traditional or unique journalism careers • develop and debate ideas using a collaborative, interactive team approach • display learning in class discussions, writing assignments and the final project This course is required for all MPS Journalism students. In order to satisfy graduation requirements, students must earn a B (3.00) or higher. Any student who fails to do so must repeat the course.
Note: Foundation course required for the Journalism program. This course requires a 'B' or better grade.
Ethics in journalism is not a list of DOs and DON’Ts tacked above your desk that you refer to when someone hands you stolen documents. Ethics in journalism is a series of decisions you make constantly, every day, in the routine exercise of you work. How many sources are enough for this story? What are the implications of referring to “campaign cash” instead of “campaign donations”? How much of the defendant’s quote should I use? This class is therefore intended to explore the myriad grey areas that dominate the way journalists work and live, the blurry lines that divide right from wrong, or, more accurately, divide “probably should” from “probably shouldn’t.” The goal of the class is to help you understand the ethical implications of the choices journalists make, to empower you to navigate the ethical minefield of attempting every day to explain to the world the activities of other people. This course is required for all MPS Journalism students, and must be completed by the second semester in the program. Students must earn a B (3.00) or higher in order to satisfy graduation requirements.
Note: This is a core class. Students must receive a grade of a "B" or better in this course. Additional 150 min. distance learning component required.
Course #: MPJO-500-01
Dates: Jan 13 – May 15, 2021
Journalism Internship II
Internships are a great way for students to gain real-world experiences and network with professionals in the field. Many employers require at least some internship experience to appear on a student’s resume. Taking on an internship while in the MPS Journalism program can help students integrate and enhance the skills they are learning in the classroom with professional, hands-on experiences. Students must participate in the internship according to the guidelines furnished by the employer, and they will be required to submit a weekly 500 word writing assignment reflecting on the successes and challenges of the internship. At the end of each semester, the student’s supervisor must complete an evaluation of the student’s performance, and submit it directly to the MPS Journalism program. ** Students must receive approval from the MPS Journalism program prior to enrolling in the Internship class.
Note: Extensive, documented academic activity and experiential learning outside of classroom (min. 6-8 hours per week) is required.
Note: This course is cross-listed with MPPR-863-01 and MPMC 773-01. Prerequisite for this course is MPJO 860 internship one class.
Course #: MPJO-861-01
Dates: Jan 13 – May 15, 2021
Money & Media
Money plays a role in nearly every significant news story today, and students who take this course will be able to connect a wide range of topics using diverse storytelling skills through the prism of business journalism. We will look at how understanding the vocabulary and concepts of economics and finance apply to all types of writing and reporting, from politics and foreign correspondence to entertainment and sports.
Frequent guest lectures from business journalists who write for major publications, a blog for niche audiences or appear on broadcast media will supplement the case studies, readings, and field work to show how business reporting opens gateways to a broader world while connecting journalists to their own communities. Students will be challenged to think of economics in new ways and apply their developing skills as reporters, writers and multimedia professionals in tangible ways prized by readers and potential employers.
Note: This course teaches students how to successfully communicate issues surrounding business, money and economics. Money plays a significant role in public and private life, from the economic impacts of the COVID-19 crisis to the norm-shattering era of the Trump Administration. Students who take this course will be able to connect a wide range of money-related topics using diverse storytelling skills, both as a journalist and as a communications professional. Students will understand how the vocabulary and concepts of economics and finance apply to all types of reporting and communicating, from politics and international issues to entertainment and sports. They will also gain an appreciation of the distinct roles provided by journalistic perspective and communications perspectives as applied to the same event, so as to better appreciate the role of both the journalist and the communications professional in crafting fair, accurate, and responsible information presented to the public.
Note: Students must've completed Ethics MPJO 500, Reporting and News Writing MPJO 501, Digital Essentials MPJO 505 and Photo and Video Storytelling MPJO 508 to register.
The Master of Professional Studies Journalism degree program culminates in the Capstone. Each student produces a substantive and original reporting project on a timely issue that showcases his/her talents as a prospective journalist. It should be a major work of professional quality that requires extensive legwork, interviewing and research and will become the centerpiece of your portfolio.
The Capstone experience is intended to provide students an opportunity to demonstrate that they have the journalistic skills, ethics and initiative necessary to be a professional journalist. The Capstone project is an independent reporting endeavor. Class sessions provide feedback and structure. Group instructors will give you guidance throughout the semester, and your small groups will serve as mini-newsrooms where you will be expected to give each other feedback and support.
Successful completion of the MPSJ degree also requires submitting an ethics essay that reflects on your firsthand experience as a journalist. The essay will be graded as one of the assignments in the Capstone class.
This is a core course of the MPS Journalism program, and students must earn a “B” (83) or higher to pass the course. Please see the Graduate Student Handbook for more details. Students with at least a 3.0 cumulative GPA who receive a final grade of a B- or below may receive one opportunity to retake the course, if approved by the dean.
Note: Students must have completed MPJO 500 Ethics, MPJO 501 Reporting, and News Writing, MPJO 505 Digital Essentials, and MPJO 508 Photo and Video Storytelling. This course must be taken in the student's final semester.
Course #: MPJO-900-01
Dates: Jan 13 – May 15, 2021
Tue 5:20 PM - 7:50 PM
MPS Journalism Internship
Internships are a great way for students to gain real-world experiences and network with professionals in the field. Many employers require at least some internship experience to appear on a student’s resume. Taking on an internship while in the MPS Journalism program can help students integrate and enhance the skills they are learning in the classroom with professional, hands-on experiences. Students must participate in the internship according to the guidelines furnished by the employer, and they will be required to submit a weekly 500 word writing assignment reflecting on the successes and challenges of the internship. At the end of each semester, the student’s supervisor must complete an evaluation of the student’s performance, and submit it directly to the MPS Journalism program.
** Students must receive approval from the MPS Journalism program prior to enrolling in the Internship class.
Note: Requires approval of the MPS Journalism program. This course is cross-listed with MPPR-863-01 and MPMC 773-01.
Course #: MPJO-860-01
Dates: Jan 13 – May 15, 2021
Personal Branding (Cross-listed with MPPR 891)
ambiguous ingredients in a career strategy. This course will arm students with the resources to evaluate, improve, and employ personal branding strategies for themselves and for key members of their organizational team. The course will discuss personal branding strategies in both digital and event contexts – including social media platforms, presentations, and networking opportunities.
Note: Also listed as MPPR 891-01 and MPMC 891-01. Students must have completed MPJO-501 Reporting and News Writing, MPJO 500 Ethics, MPJO 508 Photo and Video, MPJO 505 Digital Essentials.
Course #: MPJO-891-01
Dates: Jan 13 – May 15, 2021
Wed 5:20 PM - 7:50 PM
Photo and Video Storytelling
Foundation requirement for Journalism majors. This course requires a grade of "B" or better to pass. Additional 150 minute distance learning component required
Course Description: This course is designed to give the student the ability to communicate in the Video Age--whether for television or the web. We call it storytelling to emphasize the communication of ideas, rather than simply the technical knowledge of shooting and editing video. Students will begin by learning how shots work together, how to write compelling scripts, and how to use audio for best effect. Then students will work with professional camera equipment to develop shooting, lighting, and audio skills. The class will also have hands-on instruction in editing techniques using Final Cut Pro. By the end of the course, students should be comfortable in the video storytelling process--from the flash of an idea, to the finished product on the screen, in the field, and in the studio. Students who entered the MPS Journalism program in Summer 2010 and thereafter must complete this class and receive a grade of solid "B" (3.00) or higher in order to graduate.
Students will learn the techniques of reporting on political candidates, events and issues. Through hands-on writing and reporting assignments as well as the analysis of the day's print, broadcast and digital political journalism, students will learn how to craft informative, contextual and balanced stories on politics.
At the end of this course, students will be able to:
*Understand the techniques of reporting on political candidates, events and issues
*Find and develop sources in politics and in Congress
*Craft informative, contextual and balanced political stories
*Fact-check politicians' statements and campaign ads
*Read and understand federal campaign finance reports
Note: This course requires MPJO 501 Reporting and News Writing as a pre-requisite
Journalism begins with basic reporting. This class focuses on the basics of beat reporting, one of the building blocks of any newsroom and journalism career. The class will also take a closer look at the reporting and writing process, from finding an idea to researching it, pitching it and executing it into a publishable article. Students will strive to become experts on the neighborhood they cover through old-school shoe leather reporting and will keep abreast of spot news while learning how to identify and pursue longer-form enterprise stories.
The class will also have a Twitter handle and Facebook page — DChoods — where students will publish routinely and practice writing for social media and cultivating sources and finding story ideas using these new tools. The updates on Twitter and Facebook will not just be news stories, but also tidbits collected during visits to the neighborhood, which should be visited weekly at minimum.
This is a core course of the MPS Journalism program, and students must earn a “B” (83) or higher to pass the course. Please see the Graduate Student Handbook for more details.
Note: Foundation requirement for the Journalism Program. This course requires a grade of "B" or better.
Journalists find sources ask questions for a living. But how do you network to find the people you need for a story? How do you figure out what questions to ask and how to pose them? How do you stay in control of the conversation? This class will explore both how to find sources and then how to interview them effectively. It will look at the art and the science of the interview, from tactics for securing your subjects' cooperation to strategies for getting the information you need from them.
We will engage in hands-on exercises to hone these skills, hear tips from guest speakers and analyze interviews to figure out what works and what doesn’t.
Note: Students must have completed MPJO 500 Ethics and MPJO 501 Reporting and News Writing. Requires 150 minutes of distance learning or one additional class meeting outside of the standard meeting dates.
Note: Speeches can be powerful tools not only of persuasion but also of inspiration, hence the work of speech writing is often seen as daunting. Yet speech writing is only another form of professional writing: it is subject to organization and is a function of critical thinking. Speech writing can be one of the most fulfilling and enjoyable kinds of writing given the very public employment of the work product, but perhaps the greatest satisfaction comes from the act of mixing subject expertise, critical analysis, arcane knowledge, wordplay, personality, and the ability to impose new structures on familiar ideas. In this course, students will learn the classic elements of speeches and will explore traditional and alternative formats for speeches and oratory. Through lectures, in-class workshops of assignments, and discussion, students will significantly enhance their ability to produce speeches matched to speaker, occasion, and subject. This course is cross-listed with MPPR 885.
Note: This course requires MPJO 500 Ethics, MPJO 501 Reporting and News writing, MPJO 505 Digital Essentials and MPJO Photo and Video Storytelling as prereqs.
Note: History has shown that stories are inextricably linked to what it means to be human. Before we had formal communication, storytelling was the method through which we made sense of the world and that core function of the phenomenon has never changed. We dream in stories, buy products and support charitable causes because of stories, vote for candidates in part because of their storytelling ability, and, yes, even close our office doors and gossip thanks to the help of stories!
This experiential and client-facing course will provide you with an opportunity to think critically about the endless ways in which storytelling can be utilized in modern ways for both professional and personal usage and then apply that knowledge through practical applications. To help you do so, you will work with a variety of clients in a project-based capacity, engage with guest storytellers and attend local field trips in order to analyze, create and practice a wide range of storytelling strategies.
Course #: MPJO-895-01
Dates: Jan 13 – May 15, 2021
Note: In today’s digital world, it has become necessary for communicators to use visual tools to communicate ideas effectively. In this course, students learn how to research, apply and critique typography, color strategies, digital imaging, design principles, and visual trends. Students should have a working knowledge of Adobe Creative Suites and other relevant computer programs prior to taking this course.
This course is cross-listed with MPDC 520-101 and MPMC 720-101. The prerequisites for this course are MPJO 500 Ethics, MPJO 501 Reporting and News Writing, MPJO 505 Digital Essentials and MPJO 508 Photo and Video Storytelling.